oak park
oak park
critical response
parallel movements
wright at the time
other works
oak park: drawings
oak park

right’s most important notion about domestic space in the suburb or really anywhere else is that the house should be kind of the protecting lap that holds the family within its calm heart, and the hearth is the central metaphor of the building for him. And so when the family lives inside of a Wright building, it does so protected from the world around it. If it’s in a natural setting, the house opens itself out to that natural setting. But more than anything else, the notion of protection, of shelter is what he tries to achieve in that space. That space of the suburb as someplace that you’d go to escape the corruption, the violence, the threat, the crime, all of that of the city is central to why Wright believes so passionately in the suburb. The suburb’s the place to which you go to escape the danger of the city. It’s a protected world.—William Cronon, Historian

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